Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
My girlfriend and I have been playing Borderlands 2 off and since it came out in, what, 2012? We just love the goofy writing and addicting loot system. We can’t get enough guns! We picked the game back up because we realized that after buying the season pass well over a year ago, we still hadn’t beaten all the DLC. Right now we’re on the last (and our favorite): Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. It’s basically a Dungeons and Dragons game in which Tiny Tina is the DM, the characters from the first game are the players, and the players (my girlfriend and I), who play as the characters from the second game, are the first game’s characters’ characters. Does that make sense? Probably not. But anyway, because the DLC mimics a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, there are loads of great quests, from testing a macho man to see if he really is a nerd or just one of those “fake geek guys” to trolling preteen players to make them ragequit. It’s delightful.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
I got MGS V: Ground Zeroes for Christmas. I’ve always loved the series, but Ground Zeroes plays more like Peace Walker than a numbered entry in the series, and that’s disappointing. In fact, Ground Zeroes feels like an expensive demo rather than a standalone game considering I experienced everything it had to offer in just a few hours. That said, it’s the first MGS game on current-gen consoles, so everything from the gameplay to the graphics is stunning. I’m not sure I like Keifer Sutherland as Snake, but whacha gonna do? Ground Zeroes has me hyped for the real Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, so it looks like Ground Zeroes accomplished what it set out to do.